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Kali Linux - An Ethical Hacker's Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Himanshu Sharma
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Kali Linux - An Ethical Hacker's Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Himanshu Sharma

Overview of this book

Many organizations have been affected by recent cyber events. At the current rate of hacking, it has become more important than ever to pentest your environment in order to ensure advanced-level security. This book is packed with practical recipes that will quickly get you started with Kali Linux (version 2018.4 / 2019), in addition to covering the core functionalities. The book will get you off to a strong start by introducing you to the installation and configuration of Kali Linux, which will help you to perform your tests. You will also learn how to plan attack strategies and perform web application exploitation using tools such as Burp and JexBoss. As you progress, you will get to grips with performing network exploitation using Metasploit, Sparta, and Wireshark. The book will also help you delve into the technique of carrying out wireless and password attacks using tools such as Patator, John the Ripper, and airoscript-ng. Later chapters will draw focus to the wide range of tools that help in forensics investigations and incident response mechanisms. As you wrap up the concluding chapters, you will learn to create an optimum quality pentest report. By the end of this book, you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to conduct advanced penetration testing, thanks to the book’s crisp and task-oriented recipes.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Kali - An Introduction

Kali was first introduced in 2012 with a completely new architecture. This Debian-based distribution was released with over 300 specialized tools for penetration testing and digital forensics. It is maintained and funded by Offensive Security Ltd, and the core developers are Mati Aharoni, Devon Kearns, and Raphaël Hertzog.

Kali 3.0 came into the picture in 2018 with tons of new updates, bug fixes such as AMD Secure Memory Encryption Support, and increased memory limits.

In the previous edition of this book, we saw some of the great tools in Kali that help penetration testers around the globe to perform their job efficiently. In this chapter, we will primarily cover the installation of Kali and setting up different desktop environments, as well as some custom tools that will help us.

In this chapter, we will cover the following recipes:

  • Configuring Kali Linux
  • Configuring the Xfce environment
  • Configuring the MATE environment
  • Configuring the LXDE environment
  • Configuring the E17 environment
  • Configuring the KDE environment
  • Prepping Kali with custom tools
  • Zone Walking using DNSRecon
  • Setting up I2P for anonymity
  • Pentesting VPN's ike-scan
  • Setting up proxychains
  • Going on a hunt with Routerhunter